When I was a kid, one of my favorite memories was making fun flavors of shakes with my mom and brother. (This was before the advent of the smoothie, so we made shakes and malts.) One day we ran out of chocolate syrup, so we added peanut butter instead – and the peanut butter banana smoothie was born!
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Ok, so I didn’t call it a smoothie for years to come…but it was the foundation for this yummy recipe! This smoothie has all the delicious flavors I remember from experimenting with my family, but it’s gained some nutritional values over the years.
And a name that’s not stuck in the 80’s. But I digress.
If you’re looking for a smoothie that’s delicious enough to call a treat but healthy enough to have as a snack or light meal…I’ve got one you’ll love!
My Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie has the peanut butter-banana combo that reminds me of childhood, but healthy ingredients that pack a punch.
Between the almond milk, Greek yogurt, and rolled oats, you’ll have enough energy to keep you going all day. Ready to get started?
Why a Smoothie?
You’ve probably seen smoothies just about everywhere on Pinterest and in food magazines. So what’s the big deal?
Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into an easy-to-make glass of deliciousness. They’re also incredibly versatile! You can really make just about any type of smoothie you want.
If there is an ingredient you love (say, berries), you can pack as much of them into your smoothie as you like. If you’d rather focus on a flavor like peanut butter, coffee, or chocolate, you can do that too – all while packing in nutrition from the other ingredients!
And if there is an ingredient that you know you really ought to have but don’t enjoy on its own, it’s easy to “hide” it in a smoothie. Need to get more greens but don’t want to eat them? Put some spinach or kale in your smoothie – you’ll never even know it’s there!
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Lastly, smoothies are a great way to get some extra nutrition into your kids. They may not always be willing to eat a salad, but chances are they’ll love a smoothie!
Making a Smoothie
As easy as a smoothie is to make, you do need a blender that can stand up to the work of blending your ingredients! After all, a smoothie should be…well, smooth!
I’m kind of addicted to my Ninja for making smoothies, but there are other models that will work just as well. Here are a few of my favorites!
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660)Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) Blender/Food Processor with 1500W Auto-iQ Base, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Processor Bowl, (2) 16oz Cup for Smoothies, Dough & MoreNinja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and (2) 16-Ounce Cups with Spout Lids (QB3001SS)NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
It’s important to choose a blender that can stand up to crushing ice and blending ingredients of differing textures. It really does make a difference!
I personally like my Ninja because I can use it for just about everything, but if you’d rather have a separate system just for smoothies, the Nutribullet or Magic Bullet are great, budget-conscious options.
Either way, you’ll be all set to make some amazing smoothies that your family will love!
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3 tbsp. of peanut butter (add more to taste)
1 small banana
3/4 cup almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy milk
1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
3 tbsp. of rolled oats (Don’t use oatmeal – the texture will turn out oddly. Add more rolled oats for something thicker)
Handful of chocolate chips
Handful of ice
- Mix all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more ice if you want to make it colder.
- Serve fresh and drink in one setting for best results!
- Enjoy for breakfast or a snack!
Tip: For an even healthier version, try powdered peanut butter (my favorite is PB2), which has less fat, calories, and oils compared to regular peanut butter. You simply mix it with water to get a good consistency. As a bonus, it is just made of crushed peanuts.
Also, if you are looking for gluten free rolled oats, Bob’s Red Mill is a fantastic source! My son and I are celiac (so we have to go for the gluten free kind), and we have Bob’s on a regular basis.
Enjoy your smoothie (and the energy it brings)! Remember to print off your recipe card and pin this post so it will be easy to find.
- 3 tbsp. of peanut butter (add more to taste)
- 1 small banana
- 3/4 cup almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy milk
- 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp. of rolled oats (Don’t use oatmeal - the texture will turn out oddly. Add more rolled oats for something thicker.)
- Handful of chocolate chips
- Handful of ice
- Put all of the ingredients into the blender. You may find it easier to break the banana into pieces. If you would like a thicker or colder smoothie, add a bit of extra ice.
- Blend all ingredients until they are smooth.
- Serve fresh and enjoy!
For an even healthier version, try powdered peanut butter (my favorite is PB2), which has less fat, calories, and oils compared to regular peanut butter. You simply mix it with water to get a good consistency. As a bonus, it is just made of crushed peanuts!
If you are looking for gluten free oats, Bob's Red Mill is a fantastic source.
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Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and (2) 16-Ounce Cups with Spout Lids (QB3001SS)
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660)
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle, 16 oz (Pack of 2)